J. D. Salinger

J. D. Salinger

by Harold Bloom (Editor)


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J.D. Salinger's powerful fiction and enigmatic persona have captivated readers for more than 50 years. His works include Nine Stories; Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters; and Franny and Zooey; but Salinger's literary reputation rests on his coming-of-age masterpiece, The Catcher in the Rye. This collection of new essays draws a critical portrait of Salinger's work, complemented by an introductory essay by master scholar Harold Bloom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791098134
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/28/2008
Series: Modern Critical Views Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

One of our most popular, respected, and controversial literary critics, Yale University professor Harold Bloom's books -- about, variously, Shakespeare, the Bible, and the classic literature -- are as erudite as they are accessible.


New York, New York and New Haven, Connecticut

Date of Birth:

July 11, 1930

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Cornell University, 1951; Ph.D., Yale University, 1955

Table of Contents

Editor's Note     vii
Introduction   Harold Bloom     1
The Psychological Structure of The Catcher in the Rye   James Bryan     7
The Love Ethic   David Galloway     27
Rhetoric, Sanity, and the Cold War: The Significance of Holden Caulfield's Testimony   Alan Nadel     53
Keeping it in the Family: The Novellas of J.D. Salinger   David Seed     69
Nine Stories: J.D. Salinger's Linked Mysteries   Ruth Prigozy     89
"Along this road goes no one": Salinger's "Teddy" and the Failure of Love   Anthony Kaufman     107
Anna Freud and J.D. Salinger's Holden Caulfield   Robert Coles     119
The Catcher in the Rye as Postwar American Fable   Pamela Hunt Steinle     129
The Catcher in the Rye   Eberhard Alsen     145
Memories of Holden Caulfield -and of Miss Greenwood   Carl Freedman     175
The Zen Archery of Holden Caulfield   Yasuhiro Takeuchi     191
Augmenting the Salinger Oeuvre by Any Means   Myles Weber     199
Chronology     227
Contributors     233
Bibliography     237
Acknowledgments     241
Index     243

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